Dental nurse struck off for possession of an indecent photo of child

Dental nurse struck off for possession of an indecent photo of child

A dental nurse has been erased from the GDC register with immediate effect after police found her in possession of an indecent photo of a child. 

Bahareh Zahiri-Dastjerdi was removed from the register after the GDC argued that there was ‘actual harm and a risk of harm to others’ as a result of her actions.

On 26 April 2021, Zahiri-Dastjerdi received a police caution for possession of an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child, contrary to Section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

According to the Professional Conduct Committee hearing, Zahiri-Dastjerdi – a registered dental nurse – had shown a video to a colleague in the reception area at her place of work.

The video was said to have been deleted by Zahiri-Dastjerdi after the event. As a result, a copy could not be provided for the hearing.

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‘Grave concern’

However, the committee considered a description of the nature of the video, as given by the individuals who were interviewed as part of an internal investigation by Zahiri-Dastjerdi’s employer.

The video was said to include a young woman described as in her early 20s and a very young boy estimated to be about four years old. It included indecent content.

The report reads: ‘The GDC takes the view that any conviction for child pornography against a GDC registrant is a matter of grave concern because it breaches the public trust and undermines public confidence in the profession.

‘For these reasons, any involvement in child pornography by a GDC registrant should lead the committee to consider whether erasure is the only proportionate sanction.’

Unless Zahiri-Dastjerdi exercises her right of appeal, the GDC states that her name will be erased from the register 28 days from the date that the notice is served upon her.

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